Tooth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that has gained immense popularity over recent years. Whitening teeth helps to reverse the yellowing caused by age and other external factors like smoking and diet. At Waterside we offer an effective home whitening system
How Whitening Works
The active ingredient in the gel is usually carbamide peroxide. When the gel is applied to the surface of the teeth, oxygen enters the tooth enamel and the active ingredient is broken down, resulting in a lighter tooth colour.
The benefit of professional whitening is that it is the only procedure proven to significantly remove the permanent discolouration of the tooth surface that brushing alone just cannot achieve. The formulations we use are regulated, safe and non-abrasive unlike over the counter products and actually deliver results that over the counter products fail to achieve.
Teeth whitening can last forever but depending on our diet, smoking habits, oral hygiene and other factors top ups can be carried out to maintain the desired shade. Side effects from tooth whitening are minimal when carried out under the strict supervision of a dental professional. The most commonly reported side effect is sensitivity, which disappears by itself or can be eased using a sensitive fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash.
Please be aware only clinicians on the dental register are legally allowed to whiten teeth.
It is wise to remember that cheap is not always good value and not safe when it comes to medical procedures. Be wary of beauticians, ‘therapists’ and voucher sites offering heavily discounted whitening treatment. Non dental professionals are not qualified or legally allowed to check your dental suitability to treatment and you would be at risk. There are many kinds of whitening products on the market that only dentists are trained to know about and the safety procedures associated with them.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening come and book a free, no obligation consultation with your clinician.